“Sick players keep coming out.”
Samsung Lions manager Park Jin-man announced that Taylor Widener, who was scheduled to start the team’s 13th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on April 31, will not be available.
Widener, who replaced Albert Suarez in a Samsung uniform in early August, had a 5-4 record with a 4.78 ERA in 14 games, including his time with the NC Dinos. His performance against KT wasn’t bad. On June 30, he pitched six innings of three-hit ball with four strikeouts and one run, and on July 28, he pitched six innings of five-hit ball with four strikeouts and two runs, so expectations were high.
However, he had to skip the game due to a severe cold. A Samsung official said, “Widener is unable to play today’s game due to a cold. He said it got worse when he woke up this morning. It’s not bad enough to leave him out of the lineup.”
Coach Park Jin-man said before the game, “We keep getting sick players. “I think Widener should skip this week and look at next week, but it’s not easy to judge because the injury news is coming out the day before or on the day of the start every time,” Park said.
Aside from Won Tae-in and Choi Chae-heung, three Samsung starters are skipping the rotation due to injury. Left-hander Baek Jeong-hyun is out of the lineup with left elbow soreness, and David Buchanan has been delayed with a sore throat. Fortunately, Buchanan’s condition has improved and he is expected to pitch against the Daegu NC on March 3.
Manager Park Jin-man said, “For the three-game weekend series, we are thinking of Choi Chae-heung, Won Tae-in, and Buchanan in that order. I’ll see Buchanan pitch in the bullpen tomorrow, and if he’s okay, he’ll start on Sunday.” “The only variable is the news of rain in Daegu on the weekend. We have a doubleheader next week, so it could get messy, so we’ll see.”
Hong Jung-woo will start in place of the ailing Widener. It will be Hong’s 100th career start. In 99 career appearances out of the bullpen, he is 9-5 with a 5.79 ERA and four saves. This season, he is 2-3 with a 9.16 ERA in 21 games and two starts.
“I think we should look at the number of pitches rather than innings. I’m thinking around 30. We’ll have to use our bullpen today,” Park said.메이저사이트
Samsung’s lineup for the day is center fielder Kim Hyun-jun, left fielder Kim Sung-yoon, right fielder Koo Ja-uk, catcher Kang Min-ho, designated hitter Jose Pirela, first baseman Oh Jae-il, third baseman Ryu Ji-hyuk, shortstop Lee Jae-hyun and second baseman Kim Ji-chan. Catcher Kim Do-hwan is up and pitcher Baek Jung-hyun is down.